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8 His mission seemed to be complete. However, on October 15 the Arrow Cross coup (Arrow Cross or Nyilas Party, the Hungarian Nazis) changed the situation completely. After Horthy had announced a preliminary armistice on the radio, as an attempt to extricate Hungary from the war, the Germans forced him to recant and abdicate. The Germans then installed a quisling government headed by Ferenc Szálasi, the leader of the right-wing extremist Arrow Cross movement. Consequently, Wallenberg decided to remain in Hungary to help the persecuted.

As in many parts of the Western world, the Holocaust had become a topic of enormous political relevance in Sweden. Persson’s engagement led, among other things, to the conference The Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust (2000) on education, remembrance and research, and the Forum för levande historia (The Living History Forum), founded in 1997 but established as a government organization in 2003. In 2001, Persson admitted the earlier Swedish shortcomings and apologized for them to the Wallenberg family.

During the war, Wallenberg traveled to Germany and Hungary, among other places, on business trips for the company. For Lauer, being a Jew, such traveling might have proved a death sentence. It was while working at MEROPA that Wallenberg was chosen for the mission for which posterity remembers him. In June 1944, the Rabbi of Stockholm’s Great Synagogue, Marcus Ehrenpreis, asked Wallenberg’s boss if he knew anyone who would be willing to travel to Hungary to investigate the condition of the Jews in Budapest.

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